Three Shelton Striders men are on a mission, to run around the county of Derbyshire in 10 days on behalf of The Padley Group. Andy Brooks, Dave Thornton and Harry Sloan face 262 miles of tough terrain and uncertain weather.
The three friends are members of Shelton Striders Running Club in Derby and between them have a combined age of 183! An impressive total but shorter than the distance they will be facing in less than two weeks when they embark on their self-funded adventure.
However, our intrepid trio are no strangers to long distance runs in and around Derbyshire; having completed the 100-mile length of the county in 2015 followed by a 50-mile traverse across its width in 2016. This time they will run around the boundary of the county, estimated at 262 miles, using the nearest right of way. This means no border raids into neighbouring Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire.
The Round Derbyshire Challenge starts on Friday 21 September from The Dragon pub at Willington where they will set off in a clockwise direction, aiming to complete over a marathon each day for the next 10 days. They will finish back at the Dragon on Sunday 30 September.
Andy, Dave and Harry are fundraising for The Padley Group; their club’s chosen charity that provides a range of services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Derbyshire. Anyone wishing to donate to this charity do so via the JustGiving
The Shelton Three are passionate about running and the Great Outdoors and invite runners of all ages and abilities to join them for a few sociable miles while enjoying the countryside.
Image courtesy of Andy Brooks.